If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or other yellow item attached to its leash, this signals a dog who needs his/her space and that you should not attempt to pet the dog or bring your own dog over for a greeting. Anyone who has ever owned or cared for an ill, unsocial, or elderly dog can appreciate this. There are many reasons why a dog may need space including health issues, being trained, being rehabilitated, and/or fear and reactiveness around other dogs.
The concept is quite simple, actually. A yellow ribbon or other yellow attachment on a dog’s leash is a subtle yet important notice that symbolizes, “Please do not approach this dog with your dog, please maintain your distance, and please give this dog and his/her owner time to move out of your way.” This precaution may seem rude or anti-social at first, but that is certainly not the intention. The idea stems not from a desire to simply be left alone when taking one’s dogs on an outing but more out of concern for maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere for other pets and other people who, understandably, may not be aware of this dog’s condition and temperament. Another important reason many dog parents take this simple precaution is to reduce their dog’s risk and exposure to germs and pathogens that other dogs may be carrying.
The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space. It has been introduced in 45 countries and has had its educational materials translated into 12 languages. It is a movement whose concept is long overdue.
From those of us who own or care for these special dogs, THANK YOU!! We sincerely appreciate you making yourself aware of what the yellow ribbon signifies and respecting that, and we look forward to the day when this concept is widely embraced by the pet loving community.
You can visit The Yellow Dog Project to learn more.
Thanks for reading, and have a tail-wagging good day!!
~ Duck & Turtle